Our Parlour with presenters May Q, Anne Watson, Helen Wilson. Guest, the Rev. Jack Lamb, laments the loss of Our Parlour and highlights the value of local television especially its connection with older people in their homes 'May Q is not only a presenter but has become their friend' he muses. The Rev. Jack Lamb, Minister of Townsend Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast describes how he came to move from Sterling in Scotland to preach in Belfast and his personal motivation in joining the church. Ministering on the peaceline, he reflects the optimism and joy of working in what is documented as one of the most socially deprived neighbourhoods in Belfast. However he also admits his frustration at the number of young people in the Shankill area leaving school unable to read or write proficiently and the opportunities that will simply not be open to them because of this. Helen laments the passing old traditional hymns in favour of songs aimed at younger people, Rev. Jack defends his position in combining both traditional and these contemporary hymns and his successful experiment offering the congregation the choice of the Service hymns.
The presenters compile a report from the Urban Soul Cafe in May Street Belfast. Currently Thursday mornings at the cafe are aimed at attracting older people. Explaining the background and purpose of this project include Matthew Baird, supervisor, Chrissie Hewitt and Kathleen Rea, volunteers in running the cafe. The Urban Soul cafe promotes talks, most recently with Dr. Clifford Smyth, historian. Clifford explains his Titanic Tartan, a unique tartan weave based on the Titanic story, from his conception to reality. He hopes that his can eventually project will blossom into providing employment and advocates the need for more self help projects to help young unemployed people. Clifford shares his passion for Scottish country dancing and where it can be done on almost every night of the week....but it does demand skill!
Urban Soul Cafe, May Street Church, Belfast BT1 4NU. Phone 02890325554
Frank Johnston, Volunteer Now